• St. Peter Claver Parish

    ACHS celebrates Black History Month

    The ACHS joins the church and the nation in celebrating Black History Month. It is an occasion to remind ourselves of the tremendous contributions Black Catholics have made to the church through their enduring faith and witness in the face of discrimination and adversity. We invite you to check out the following...

  • ACS online access

    Online Access to American Catholic Studies

    The ACHS is pleased to announce a new benefit of membership:  Free online access to the Society’s award-winning journal, American Catholic Studies! This includes access to the full run of back issues from 2011 onward. This benefit is made possible through our partnership with Project Muse, which hosts our journal as...

  • Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas from the American Catholic Historical Society

    Dear Members and Friends: As we prepare to celebrate the Birth of Christ, the ACHS Board extends its best wishes to all our members and friends. We hope that the blessings of the season fill your hearts and homes now and throughout the new year Looking back, the past year has...

  • Event Recap – The Birth of a Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church

    On November 8, 2020, Olga Segura joined us to discuss being a Black Catholic woman media professional in the midst of everything that has happened in 2020 including the pandemic, a long-overdue reckoning on systemic racism, and the presidential election. The presentation is now available for viewing on Zoom.

  • ACHS newsletter 2020

    2020 Newsletter

    The ACHS annual newsletter for Fall 2020 has just been issued. Read about the work of the Society and learn about our upcoming events for 2020-2021. 

  • Archbishop Nelson J. Perez

    Barry Award Dinner – 2021

    Because of restrictions on public gatherings related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the ACHS has determined that it will not be feasible to hold the Barry Award Dinner this November.  We are delighted to announce, however, that this year’s selected honoree, Archbishop Nelson J. Perez, has agreed to receive the...

  • Resources on the Subject of Race and Racism

    The opinions expressed on this blog represent the views only of the individual contributors; they do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Catholic Historical Society. The U.S. bishops have named the reality of personal and systemic racism and they have called on Catholics to undertake the following tasks:...

  • American Catholic Historical Society

    Addressing the Legacy of Racism

    The board of the American Catholic Historical Society is appalled and grieved by the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We mourn the loss of their lives and the countless others who have lost their lives as a consequence of racialized violence. Racism is a sin....

  • Saint Ambrose church

    Change of Plans: Alternative Architectural Visions of Catholic Philadelphia

    Recognize this Philadelphia church? Probably not, since it was never built! This was the original design planned for St. Ambrose in the Olney section of the city. Founded in 1923, the parish had ambitions to erect a grand “perpendicular Gothic style” edifice with seating for 1,000 worshippers. Ultimately, however, only...

  • Carey Bible

    A New Home for a Carey Bible

    Philadelphia’s newest museum opened its doors this past spring. Located next door to the Shrine of St. John Neumann at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Northern Liberties, the museum celebrates the life and ministry of Philadelphia’s fourth bishop. The materials on exhibit, ranging from prayer books to liturgical vestments,...